Wuthering Heights Character Analysis

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In the novel, Wuthering Heights written by Emily Bronte, Catherine Earnshaw was not like many of the women in the Victorian era. She was not known as a perfect maiden or as a femme fatale. Instead, Catherine was a carefree and stubborn woman. She fell in love with her orphaned brother, Heathcliff, who her parents told her to stay away from, but because of close interactions and spending all their time together, they both created an indestructible love. However, the Earnshaws were strict with Catherine on marriage and how she should marry into rich. Heathcliff overhears one of their conversations, and he hears that Catherine would not want to marry Heathcliff because of his social class, overruling the love she has for him. Despite the fact that is what Catherine said, Heathcliff did not hear the part where she said regardless of his social class she would want to be with him, but it was too late because Heathcliff already ran away. Bronte wants the readers to feel the sense of tragic compassion in the two characters’ relationship. In Wuthering Heights, Bronte presents the idea that endearment is indestructible and long lasting even when the partners are not together. Through the powerful star-cross lovers, this reveals more characterizations of Cathrine because of her decisions on marriage.
Even though I can not connect to the steamy tragic compassion both Heathcliff and Catherine had, Catherine is a woman to be recognized. Bronte wrote this book during the Victorian era

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